virtual pc and usb

Posted on 2006-03-25
Last Modified: 2008-02-01


Does anyone know if we can use usb connection with virtual pc (windows XP)?

Question by:TungVan
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    Accepted Solution

    VMWARE does support USB devices connecting to the VM but as I recall Virtual PC does not.
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    Expert Comment

    Configuring USB on virtual PC is very simple, it is just like using a floppy on CD on guest oS.

    For using USB on virual PC use the following steps
    1.      On the Window menu, click Virtual PC List.
    2.      Click the virtual machine that you want to support USB devices.
    3.      Click Settings.
    4.      Click USB.

    Note After you turn on or turn off support for USB devices, you must restart the virtual machine if it is currently running. You cannot make changes to virtual machines that are part of a Saved State.
    5.      Click to select the Enable USB check box.
    6.      Click Restart.

    I hope this will help You

    Author Comment



    I am using Virtual PC 2004 (Build 582). I followed your instructions, but I don't see USB option in Settings..

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    Assisted Solution

    hello tung van,

    Ok i read its documentation and i am sorry for getting above answer as wrong, But i wanted to tell you that Virtual PC does support USB devices, But Standard USB input devices such as keyboards and mice are supported through PS/2 emulation, but Virtual PC does not support USB devices that require their own drivers. Virtual machines also don't see the PC's hardware video card as a native device, so you can't install your own video card drivers. In addition, SCSI devices are not supported in a virtual machine.

     The only + point it have on Vmware is that, it supports addressing more than vmware.
    Microsoft need to add that feature

    OK, that is the answer i believe

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